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Macadamia Nut Oil for Skin Health

Macadamia Nut Oil

Concerned about dry, flaky skin?

Or maybe you’re prone to sensitivity, which flares up for no reason?

Perhaps fine lines and wrinkles are forming, as a result of premature ageing?

Well, can we let you into a little beauty secret? Macadamia has an amazing affinity with your skin.

Each precious drop is ever so rich in essential fatty acids; it will literally have your skin crying out for more.

Not convinced? Then join us, as we introduce you to one of nature’s best-kept secrets.

What exactly is macadamia nut oil?

Our motto here at the Naked Chemist is “what goes on, goes in” – and this is certainly the case with this gorgeous nut oil.

Here in NZ, avocado gets all the attention, but macadamia is lowkey great at everything, and a little less showy about it.

Carefully sourced from the pulp of the macadamia nut, it is pressed into a luscious elixir.

Amazing for all skin types, the oil is rich in potent antioxidants, and essential fatty acids – it is packed with insane amounts of palmitoleic acid, 22%, an essential fatty acid that decreases in content as skin ages, making macadamia a true superfood for your skin.

It is a complete multitasker, a real skin hero. Not only is it a fantastic moisturiser if you have dry skin, it’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties will help to calm and soothe your sensitive skin, it is also great if you have mature skin, helping to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

And suppose that wasn’t enough, other than squalane and jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil is the closest match to the naturally occurring sebum found in your skin – it is easily absorbed and it won’t clog your pores, which makes it great if you suffer from breakouts and acne-prone skin, the fact that it is anti-inflammatory means it will also help with acne breakouts that are inflamed.

This is the reason you’ll find it in copious amount in our bio lipid – rich in macadamia nut oil and skin-identical ingredients, including lipids and ceramides, Bio lipid complex is the perfect oil to balance and rebuild a compromised skin, even an oily/combination skin type.

The fatty acid profile that makes it a superfood oil

So whether you apply this oil topically or consume it, you’re giving yourself a real health and beauty boost; check out the list of benefits macadamias essential fatty acids bring to the skin;

  • oleic acid  54-60% – is extremely moisturising and anti-inflammatory, making it the perfect choice, if you have a dry or sensitive skin
  • linoleic acid 3%  – restores your skin’s barrier function and keeps skin hydrated by reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL)
  • palmitoleic acid  22% – is a building block in our skin, helping to  prevent burns, wounds, and skin scratches, and is an active anti-microbial
  • phytosterols act as penetration enhancers, delivering the important ingredients into the deepest layers of your skin
  • It contains the perfect 1-to-1 ratio of essential fatty acids, making it essential for heart health

The really great thing, you can also benefit if you eat this oil, it has the perfect balance of omega 3:6 ratio – the essential fatty acids our bodies cannot manufacture, making it is useful for treating any disease that is inflammatory in nature, such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

For this reason, we recommend to our clients, to not only apply macadamia nut oil topically but also to take it internally, this will help to achieve that crucial essential fatty acid balance your body requires for optimal health.

So as you can see, it provides all the building blocks necessary, for the health of your skin.

The beautifying benefits

Barrier repairing
Containing copious amounts of linoleic acid, which has skin rejuvenating properties. It is extremely hydrating for your skin – helping to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) from the delicate tissues.

For repairing your barrier function fortify cream is our recommended moisturiser of choice, with its perfect ratio of cholesterol, ceramides, and lipids infused with macadamia, all of which work together to repair and replenish a weak, fragile skin.

This oil is one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids in nature, with a concentration between 16 – 23%. Palmitoleic acid is vital for delaying premature ageing; as our skin ages, it rapidly depletes with age, this is why macadamia nut oil is the perfect inclusion for mature skin types.

By applying the oil topically, you will improve your skin’s palmitoleic acid levels; decreasing the rate at which your skin deteriorates, keeping it taut, and discouraging wrinkles from forming.

Balances an oily skin
Linoleic acid is also useful for balancing the sebum production on oily skin types, creating a natural protective barrier. It is non-comedogenic oil.

It contains both squalene and oleic fatty acid, which assists with cellular regeneration, making this oil particularly useful if you have dry or chapped skin, as it softens and moisturises.

There are many phytosterols in macadamia oil, which is mostly made up of B-sitosterol. Phytosterols are the building blocks of our cellular membrane and structure, and they behave like cortisone to reduce itchiness, redness, and irritated skin.

Plant sterols also work the same way that cholesterol does in our skin, which is one of the reasons why macadamia nut oil has great skin penetration abilities.


So, to recap:

  • its chemical profile is very similar to that of human sebum
  • it is a very stable oil, with a shelf life that can last up to two years
  • it’s perfect for heart health, as it contains the ideal balance of essential fatty acids
  • it has a non-greasy feel on your skin, which gives the oil a nice, workable protective film
  • its palmitoleic and oleic acid profile makes it the perfect choice if you have mature or dry skin
  • phytosterols are protective, aiding in skin recovery. They work like cortisone on your skin, helping to reduce itchiness and inflammation
  • the linoleic fatty acid content makes it great for if your skin has difficulty retaining moisture

The beneficial fatty acid profile is not only an important oil for your face, but it can be used as an all-over body oil, ensuring that the skin south of your face doesn’t get left out either. It’s dry enough that you can put it on without worrying about your clothes staining and moisturising enough that it leaves you with a slight sheen on the skin.

The composition of this rich nutty oil is oozing with phytochemical compounds like phytosterols, tocopherols, squalene, and vitamin E, which will have you looking towards warm days spent on the beach, and in the winter will help you get rid of stubborn dry patches.

So, we dare you! Smear it in, and feel the oh-so-wholesome macadamia nut love.

84 thoughts on “Macadamia Nut Oil for Skin Health

  1. Beth says:

    To Dawn McDonald…..Rosacea is an autoimmune condition due to inflammation. Topical formulas will not change that. That requires a noninflammatory diet and exercise.

    My suggestion would be to look into a cyclical ketogenic diet, along with intermittent fasting, eating only organic, grass-fed/grass finished animal products. If you choose to include dairy, be sure your milk and cheeses are from A2 Jersey cows, but better yet, goat or sheep’s milk which is A2. If you are not familiar with any of this, there will be a learning curve, but be patient and start with baby steps if necessary. Is it not difficult, just different…..

    You didn’t develop rosecea overnight, and it will not go away overnight. Remember, the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing but expecting different result! What I am suggesting is a commitment to a lifestyle change.

    Many free sources out there to help, especially You Tube videos, Dr. Mercola, he has a free newsletter.

    If you are buying into plant-based it is better for you, and that is the way you are eating, ask yourself why then, if this is so healthy, do I have rosecea? Also, why isn’t your doctor and dermatologist helping you to clear up your condition? As for plant based diets, look at You Tube videos of archeologists who study the skeletal and mummified remains of the ancient Egyptians. They had serious heart and other diseases – serious inflammation issues. They were generally very overweight, the men having enlarged breasts and bellys. Their staple diet was BREAD, with very little meat.
    Sorry for the lengthy dissertation, but before you waste money on supplements or products and doctors who don’t help, put that money into good, wholesome, nutritious food, along with exercise to address the inflammation. Any products you purchase aren’t going to help if you don’t address the cause.
    Omega 3 to 6 ratio needs to be 1:1. We have inflammation due to way too much Omega 6 From processed foods(made with bad vegetable oils), grains, and unhealthy grain fed animal products.
    And yes, Macadamia nut oil is awesome. Avocado oil as well, limit the olive oil ( and be sure you are getting a pure olive oil that has not been mixed with cheaper oils)
    Best of luck to you, I wish you success!

  2. Mary says:

    Thank you.

    This is a great blog that I have just stumbled across today.

    I have been using cold pressed oils on my face for the past ten years or so.

    I like all oils except for coconut oil, as it blocks my pores and dries me out.

    Just about to turn 50 and often get compliments in regards to my clear and healthy looking complexion (I don’t wear make-up at all).

    All the vegetable juicing I do helps, as do these cold pressed oils.

    I really like: avocado oil, wheatgerm oil, chia seed oil, sesame seed oil, tamanu oil, rosehip oil and pumpkin seed oil. But my favourites are jojoba oil (yes I know not a true oil), and macadamia nut oil.

    I was using sesame seed oil for Abhyanga (the traditional oil) but have recently started doing it with macadamia instead. Divine.

    Routine is: cleanse face with oil, remove any grime and excess oil with warm wet face cloth, then moisturise with oil. Morning and night. And that is the entire extent of my beauty routine.

    Skin is super soft. Despite living in the harsh Australian sun.

    Hope this will continue into my 50s, 60, 70s, 80,s and beyond.

    Thank you again for a great blog

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Mary thankyou so much for reaching out I love this information an obviously as you realise am a great advocate of the power of natures botanicals in the form of precious oils. Abhyanga is an amazing treatment with pre medicated oils wonderful tou i am sure this will greatly benefit my readers.hankyreatment. So t

  3. Phil says:

    Thanks for this informative article. In massage school we had a very thorough review of the various choices for massage carrier oils. It was noticed by most students and those being massaged that macadamia nut oil was not only the most luxurious massage oil, but that it quickly was absorbed by the skin and non-greasy. Several years ago, I started using macadamia nut oil as a daily body, face and scalp moisturiser after showering and my skin has never been more tight and youthful. It really is, hands down, better than any commercial moisturiser or skin tightener.

  4. Dawne McDonald says:

    Will Macademia oil help resolve my Rosachea .
    I look forward to you informed advice. Thank you in anticipation of your response.
    Warmest regards
    Dawne McDonald

  5. Phil says:

    I use cold pressed macadamia nut oil as my go to massage oil. It is, by far, superior to other massage oils. It absorbs ready into the skin, provides a luxurious ‘glide’ when massaging and seems to hydrate the skin. Clients love it.

  6. maria schaefer says:

    Hi, I’m wondering if you know that macadamia oil is in a product called coal moisture cream? Have you heard of the product. It is supposed to be great for wrinkles.

    It also has green tea in it. Can green tea effect your sleep because of the caffeine in it since it goes into the skin? I can’t have caffeine.

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi whilst I am not familiar with these products it is the ingredients you need to be looking t, green tea is an antioxidant and is good for fighting free radical and premature ageing, but there are more potent anti ageing ingredients, subscribe as i will be discussing these soon on my blog.

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